and the soul of the democratic party. the heavens were weeping for teddy kennedy today. awaiting him at the basilica of our lady of perpetual help, his wife, vicki, pillar of strength through his battle with cancer, sister jean, first wife, joan, sergeant shriver, afflicted with alzheimer's, and daughter maria. achingly sad moment, vicki, jean, and robert's wife, ethel, spread the across to mark sign of resurrection of new life, beyond this one. escorted by his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. with musical tributes by close friends, yoyo ma. and placido domingo.